34 Weeks Pregnant With Twins: Signs of Labor, Symptoms & Fetal Development
The main thing your babies need to focus on when you’re 34 weeks pregnant with twins, is growing and gaining weight. Premature labor is highly likely in a twin pregnancy, so your doctor and midwife will monitor you closely.
The hospital staff will look for whether or not twin a – the baby closes to the cervix – is head down. If twin a isn’t in a head-down position, you’ll most likely be offered a c-section in a few weeks.
Pregnancy diet, exercise & prenatal vitamins
Make sure you set aside time to rest during the day. A short nap in the early afternoon is good for your body as well as your energy level. It’s especially important you do it if you have trouble sleeping or don’t sleep well.
Remember to take your iron supplement. You may have to continue with your iron supplement until a few weeks after birth. It depends on the amount of blood you lose during labor.
Signs of labor at 34 weeks pregnant with twins
Contractions and pelvic pressure can be early signs of labor. You should react if your contractions increase in duration and strength and/or if you feel sudden abdominal pressure.
Minor vaginal bleeding may occur as well. You should contact your doctor or midwife if you’re unsure about whether or not the changes you feel in your body are early signs of labor.
If your twins are born at 34 weeks they are considered born moderate to late preterm.
Fetal development & baby weight
Your babies measure approximately 45 centimeters (17.72 inches) when you’re 34 weeks pregnant with twins. The median weight for dichorionic twins is 2300 grams (5lbs, 1oz) and for monochorionic twins, it’s 2183 grams (4lbs, 13oz).
Look at our estimated fetal weight charts to learn more about how twins grow in the second half of pregnancy. The main thing they need to do at this point is growing and gaining weight.
Their lungs also need to mature. The lungs are one of the last things to finish developing in a baby.
Pregnancy symptoms & belly pictures
Some women feel that their belly is very much in the way at this point in their twin pregnancy. They feel big and uncomfortable – maybe even miserable. Other common symptoms are:
- Pelvis pain. Your pelvis might be tender or sore. It’s heavy carrying two babies around.
- You can’t sleep. This can be due to your belly getting in the way, hormones or thoughts of worry.
- Braxton hicks contractions. They are your body’s way of preparing for birth and not necessarily an early sign of labor.